History. Culture. Tradition. Art. Architecture. Cuisine. Scenery. Wildlife. Adventure. Asia's vast and diverse lands are sure to have something to tantalize even the most experienced traveler. City to country, ocean to mountain, ancient to modern, wonderment and intrigue abound at every turn.
From vibrant China and Japan to alluring Southeast Asia and the Indian subcontinent, Asia offers unique travel experiences found nowhere else in the world. There are bucket list sites, to be sure: the Great Wall, high-tech Tokyo, Angkor Wat, the Taj Mahal, Mount Everest... the list is endless. However, there are also countless treasures to be discovered off the beaten path for anyone willing to explore.
Bali's genius is in its details, from the syncopated movements of its dancers to the exquisite woodcarvings of its artisans. The island's temples resonate with reverence while its many beaches attract surfers. Emerald-green rice paddies are a photographer's dream, as are the delightfully mischievous macaques of Ubud's Sacred Monkey Forest.
Gilded temples, silken textiles and cuisine bursting with mouthwatering flavors make Thailand a destination that awakens the senses. Its relaxed and sunny islands are the perfect counterpart to bustling Bangkok and the exotic elephant-centric river villages of the north. You'll never tire of its spiritual ambience or its scenery.
This modern city built from an ancient civilization is filled with endless adventures. Taste Chinese delicacies at the colorful local markets, snag some deals in shopping heaven, cruise the harbor and enjoy all the excitement of daily Hong Kong life.
Experience the contrasts of the capital Phnom Penh, its wide streets lined with French villas, the National Museum and burgeoning arts scene. Take in the little visited south, the colonial port town of Kampot, and the uncrowded beaches. And no Cambodian sojourn would be complete without a visit to the temples of Angkor, like the majestic Angkor Wat.
Laos, "the land of million elephants", is a tranquil and unhurried place, untouched by the stress, frenetic pace and demands of modern life. Visitors describe Laos as one of the most charming places in Southeast Asia, with traditions and heritage spanning generations, lush landscapes and famous Lao hospitality.
Discover more of Vietnam's fascinating culture, charming locals, and scrumptious food with a thorough exploration of this beguiling country. Be engaged by the living history and ancient relics in Hoi An and Hue, and the thriving culture of Saigon and Hanoi, then savor the luxury of time to unwind at Vietnam's stunning beaches. Experience the extremes of the country from the bustling cities and traditional towns, to the glistening beaches, rural villages and soaring mountains.
As one of Asia's enduring trade centers, modern Malaysia is an incredibly rich blend of native Malay culture, deeply infused with Chinese and Indian flavors. The capital, Kuala Lumpur, shows off Malaysia's modern masterpieces of growth and progress while preserving vestiges of its colorful history. Spend a day exploring the Kuala Lumpur's colorful neighborhoods, savor Malaysia's eclectic cuisine, visit Mt Kinabalu and enjoy the country's picturesque beaches.
As the world's busiest port, Singapore embodies the finest of both East and West. Singapore is a harmonious blend of culture, cuisine, arts and architecture, including Chinese temples, Muslim mosques and Christian churches. Whether you stroll down Orchard Road for the latest fashions or cruise the bustling harbor on a traditional bumboat, you will feel the pulse of this uniquely cosmopolitan setting.
The Philippines has a rich history combining Asian, European, and American influences. These varied cultural contributions have come together to form a country that is truly a unique blend of east and west. In the Philippines you'll find daily celebrations set against the stunning backdrops of its breathtaking beaches, rolling hills, emerald-green forests and historic cities.
The thought of Japan conjures up images of demure geishas, soaring temples and bustling cityscapes. It's a land of contrasts, where ultra-modern technology rubs shoulders with ancient traditions. In Japan's capital city, Tokyo, the energy of the crowded streets draws visitors like a magnet. Museums, shops, sights abound - but take a break to experience a traditional tea ceremony.
China is a complex and intriguing place where the past, present and future reside side by side. It is one of the world's oldest civilizations, a country of immense size and diversity. Witness the scale of the Great Wall, marvel at the Terracotta Warriors or experience the stunning views as you cruise the Yangtze River. Its vastness only adds to the excitement of planning a trip here.
The legendary "Golden Land", Myanmar lies at the crossroad of China and India. Its people are known for their simple hospitality and friendliness. Experience the mystical charms of the East in all its diversity - rich archaeological sites, glittering pagodas, a wealth of cultures, colorful festivals and arts - amid lush fertile plains, vast jungles, majestic snowcapped mountains and immaculate beaches kissed by crystal clear waters.
While best known for Mount Everest and the Himalayas, Nepal has much more to offer across a surprisingly varied terrain. Few other places in the world exhibit such a harmonious blend of cultures as Nepal; its cultural environment is as diverse as its natural settings. There are countless opportunities for adventure, cultural immersions, wildlife discovery, culinary experiences and rejuvenation through yoga and meditation.
Sri Lanka, a tropical island nation in the Indian Ocean in South Asia, offers a remarkable combination of stunning landscapes, pristine beaches, captivating cultural heritage and unique experiences within a compact area. 8 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, 1,330 kilometres of coastline and 15 national parks showcase an abundance of wildlife, 250 acres of botanical gardens, 350 waterfalls, 25,000 bodies of water and a culture that extends back to over 2,500 years.
With traditions dating back thousands of years, India offers rich and vibrant cultures like nowhere else. Delhi, the country's capital, is a fusion of old and new, with New Delhi's towering modern buildings providing a stunning contrast to the historic mosques and forts of Old Delhi. See the Taj Mahal in Agra, the "Pink City" of Jaipur, holy Pushkar, the fort at Jodhpur, the snowcapped Himalayas and the romantic white-washed city of Udaipur with its lake and hill palaces.
South Korea is full of remarkable ancient heritage, beautiful natural landscapes and striking architecture. Seoul, center of politics, economy and education, is one of the fastest growing cities in history. The International Film Festival in Busan is Asia's largest film festival. Gyeonggi and Gyeongju abound in culture and historical significance. The island of Jeju is a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. There is much to celebrate in South Korea, as evidenced by the dozens of festivals happening all year long.