We love Asia! It's such a melting pot of history, culture, religion and languages, you can't help having your senses assaulted when you are in Asia. Our most popular destination is Thailand followed closely by Vietnam. There is such a variety of holidays on offer in Asia that we can pretty much do anything going!
India has a long relationship with the UK and has been entertaining travellers for thousands of years. It's diverse mix of languages, spiritual beliefs and cuisine is fascinating to any visitor to India. If it's your first visit to India you may wish to embark on the “Golden Triangle” of Delhi (the capital), Agra (site of the Taj Mahal) and Jaipur (India’s flamboyant ‘Pink City’). The southern regions of Kerala & Goa are popular relaxed sightseeing destinations, with temperate climate, milder cuisine and excellent beaches.
It's a new era for Myanmar, formerly known as Burma. In 2015 the country voted in it's first democratically elected government and the country is going from strength to strength. South East Asia's oldest and most culturally sophisticated country, has opened it's doors to international visitors. Be dazzled by the 'winking wonder' of Shwedagon Paya. Contemplate the 4000 sacred stupas scattered across the plains of Bagan. Stare in disbelief at the Golden Rock at Mt Kyaiktiyo, teetering impossibly on the edge of a chasm. These are all important Buddhist sights in a country where pious monks are more revered than rock stars.
Western Europe's most popular destination in Asia has been accommodating travellers for 100's of years. Sprawling cosmopolitan Bangkok stretches for miles. The laid back and gorgeous beaches of the south offer a chance to relax and unwind, whilst taking in some lazy sightseeing. The northern resorts of Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai offer a more cultural and exploration. Here you can spend time at an Elephant Orphanage volunteering with this gentle giants, feed them, play with them in the river and understand how these fascinating mammals have evolved.
Unforgettable experiences are everywhere in Vietnam. There’s the sublime: gazing over a surreal seascape of limestone islands from the deck of a traditional junk in Halong Bay. The ridiculous: taking 10 minutes just to cross the street through a tsunami of motorbikes in Hanoi. The inspirational: exploring the world’s most spectacular cave systems in Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park. The comical: watching a moped loaded with honking pigs weave a wobbly route along a country lane. And the contemplative: witnessing a solitary grave in a cemetery of thousands of war victims.
Indonesia has over 17,000 islands, with huge potential for different adventures. This intoxicating land offers some of the last great adventures on earth. Sitting in the open door of a train whizzing across Java, gazing out at an empty sea while on a ship bound for the Kei Islands, rounding the mystifying corner of an ancient West Timor village or simply trekking through wilderness you’re sure no one has seen before. The most popular island in Indonesia is Bali and it's neighbouring islands of Lombok and Gili Islands.
The land of the rising sun holds a fond place in Director, Arron Mitchell's heart. His first visit here in 2005 left him with everlasting memories and stirred the wanderlust within him to travel. The juxtaposition of old and new sit comfortably side by side across the country. Japanese food is a firm favourite especially Sushi and Izakaya, washed down with Japanese Beer or Saki. Whilst visiting during Sakora, Cherry Blossom, is most popular, we recommend visiting during the Autumn as the rich vibrant reds, golds and yellows add a magical glow to the trip.
China is diverse, rich and complex country as well as the fastest growing economy in the world, with 1.4billion residents. Magnificent sights like the Great Wall and Terracotta Warriors to roly-poly pandas sit alongside the mega cities of Beijing and Shangai. River cruises are popular with group tours along the Yangtze River, a chance to reflect and take in the Chinese countryside. Wolf down Peking duck in Běijīng, melt over a Chóngqìng hotpot or grab a seasoned ròujiāmó (shredded pork in a bun). Gobble down a steaming bowl of Lánzhōu noodles in a Silk Road street market, raise the temperature with some searing Húnán fare or flag down the dim sum trolley down south, the food is sublime in China.
Whilst South Korea has long been welcoming guests, North Korea has only just opened it's doors to this secretive state, accompanied by government guides, with limited tours. The Korean people are generous and hospitable to foreign visitors. Korean cuisine has some great dishes, but it also has some stranger dishes such as Gaebul - live silk worms and Beondaegi - Silkworm pupae. Korea is a great destination to visit as part of a stop over en-route to Australia, New Zealand or combined with Japan & China, as well as a destination in it's own right.