Asia is full of vibrant destinations perfect for extreme exploring or total relaxation. From idyllic islands to snow-topped mountains, calming statues of Buddha to pulsating nightlife, Asia offers everything you could wish for to awaken all your senses.
Cambodia is a country where you can really delve into its history. The splendour of the temples at Angkor Wat is a must-see and provides breath-taking views, especially at sunset. Watch out for the monkeys though, they may steal your snacks! The capital, Phnom Penh, is frantic yet fascinating. Sample some of the authentic cuisine at a restaurant on the banks of the Mekong river. The killing fields and explanations of the atrocities carried out by the Khmer Rouge are a deeply emotional but very worthwhile visit.
This is an immensely vast, mystifying country, with so much to see and do. The sheer size of the Great Wall and Tiananmen Square, the dazzling lights of Hong Kong and Shanghai, the majestic peaks around Guilin, tigers, pandas, terracotta armies, river cruises… the opportunities are endless. Many people decide to participate in an extended tour of China as there are so many places to explore.
Japan and its people are fascinating… How can a capital city be so clean? How can a whole nation be so polite? How can every garden be so well-kept? The mix of über-modernism and firm traditionalism make for an awe-inspiring visit. See the most advanced robot in the world, gape at the unbelievable scope of vending-machines, experience a journey on the bullet train… or partake in a tea ceremony, sit under the cherry blossoms, meditate at a temple… whatever pace of life you’re looking to experience, Japan will tick the box.
If you’re into a fast pace of life then head to Bangkok, where the tuk-tuks and nightlife keep everyone on their toes. If you’re after a more laid-back break, head further South to beaches like the one in “The Beach”. Or why not combine the two with a twin-centre holiday?
From the hustle and bustle of Ho Chi Minh to the eerie quiet of the Cu Chi tunnels, from serene beaches to lush mountains… Vietnam is a great destination for a twin- or even multi-centre holiday. Combine destinations within Vietnam or incorporate with Cambodia, Laos or Thailand.
India has to be one of the most fascinating and charismatic countries in the world. It’s an experience that should not be missed, as the memories of India will stay with you for the rest of your life.
However long or short your visit, you cannot fail to be mesmerised by all that you see. Nothing can really prepare you for it. It’s a sensory overload.
‘The Golden Triangle’ is the most popular way to see India on your first trip, and it will blow your mind. Taking in Delhi where from each stret corner amazing sights can be seen, Agra and the magnificent Taj Mahal and Jaipur, or the ‘pink city’ as it is known, where number plate clad elephants are a popular mode of transport.
If you’re lucky enough to visit during the celebration of ‘Holi’, (Festival of Colour) join in as people throw brightly coloured powder paint at each other – it’s brilliant to be a part of it, but be warned – wear old clothes!
There’s a lot more to India than the Golden Triangle of course, but if time is limited, you can’t beat it for a great introduction to India. You can always add some time chilling out doing yoga on a beach in Goa to let your senses recover.
*Rosie’s Tip- Remember to arrange to get your Visa to visit India well before your visit.