Asia, the land of diversity.
Travel options in Asia are diverse. Some countries are ultra-modern, boasting towering skyscrapers, congested streets and big city vibes while other areas offer a warm tropical climate, diverse culture and pristine beaches. The world’s highest point, Mount Everest, lies within Asian borders. With so many areas to explore, deciding where to go in Asia can be a daunting task. We’ve listed a few options below but feel free to reach out to us if you would like to visit someplace that is not on the list. With our networks and relationships, we have Asia covered!
The People’s Republic of China is currently undergoing a boom in social and economic development even though it has been under a Communist government since 1949. Massive development in China is focusing on tourist facilities and infrastructure. Organized tours are still the favored way to explore China, but independent travel is slowly becoming easier. Cities like Beijing and Shanghai are modern metropolises offering gourmet food and high-end stores alongside centuries-old historical buildings. Archaeological wonders, majestic mountains and remote monasteries crown the northern areas.
Hong Kong sits on the edge of mainland China and is technically a “Special Administrative Region of China”. Hong Kong offers a vast array of shops and shopping malls with varied cuisine options. They are an economic powerhouse in the Pacific Rim sporting a luminous backdrop of skyscrapers and a vastly developed transportation system that makes getting around easy. For unrivaled natural beauty, travel to Hong Kong’s outlying islands.
Tokyo is a modern city, the capital of Japan and is as fast-paced as cities come. With over 13 million people, novice Tokyo visitors may have a hard time keeping up with the city’s flashing lights and extremely crowded streets. The public transportation system is one of the most efficient in the world. Tokyo is home to many museums and some of the best shopping on the planet.
History lovers will revel in the sites of Kyoto. The city, which is the sightseeing capital of Japan, is awash with ancient religious sites, including 1, 600 Buddhist temples and 300 Shinto shrines. In addition to shrines and temples, Kyoto boasts a culturally traditional way of life and incredible cuisine.
Maldives (The Republic of Maldives) is a far-flung destination, about 417 miles southwest of Sri Lanka, in the Indian Ocean, is made up of a large group of small coral islands. A small number of the islands are occupied and some are exclusive, all-inclusive resorts, many sporting overwater bungalows. The islands offer white sand beaches, crystal clear waters and coral reefs that make it a great place for snorkeling and scuba diving.
Phuket, Thailand, has never-ending beaches and sapphire blue waters that embody a paradise that few other destinations can rival. It’s here where you’ll find those beautiful Thai beaches docked with traditional, wooden long-tail boats and lush, limestone rock formations. Hanging out at the beach, and boat tours are the most popular things to do here, but other activities including mountain biking, bungee jumping and golf are also popular What’s more, the people are friendly and lodging here is relatively affordable.
Bangkok, Thailand‘s capital, is filled with striking Hindu sites, nonstop nightlife, and incredible Thai cuisine. Explore sacred sites like Wat Arun or visit the Chatuchak Weekend Market, one of the world’s biggest street markets. While there, make sure to dine at the street stalls as much as possible; Bangkok is known as the street food capital of the world.
Singapore is an island off the southern tip of Malaysia, linked to it by a bridge. It is a modern-day city-state that is a melting pot of Asian cultures. Although it began as a small fishing village it is currently one of Asia’s economic powerhouses. Colorful neighborhoods such as Little India, Chinatown and the Arab Quarter house eclectic food choices and diverse architecture.
Seoul, South Korea‘s capital, does an incredible job of mixing the ancient with the modern. Between all the busy streets and lofty skyscrapers lie ancient temples, shrines, villages and natural magnificent landscapes.
Hanoi is a great choice for first-time Vietnam visitors. The country’s capital offers plenty of history, culture, shopping, dining, and natural landscapes. There are many lakes, green boulevards, and parks to explore. Begin your day off with a cup of Vietnamese coffee then head to Hanoi’s Old Quarter to visit Dong Xuan, the city’s largest market. Be careful of the mopeds, bicycles and the cyclo (three-wheeled bicycle taxi’s) drivers, darting in and around pedestrians.
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, better known for its previous name of Saigon, has a population of around seven million people; it is exhilarating and exhausting all at the same time. Here, mopeds zoom by at all hours of the day, cafes take up entire sidewalks and street food merchants serve up local fare despite the year-round heat and humidity.