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in The Far East

Asia is home to over half the world’s population, with some of the planet’s most cosmopolitan cities and beautiful landscape. Absorb yourself in the culture of this region and discover ancient temples and religious sites, epic mountainous landscape, lush jungles and pristine white-sand beaches.

In the Chinese cities of Beijing and Shanghai, indulge in some delicious local cuisine before touring some of the famous sights in the area such as the Forbidden City and Summer Palace. In Indonesia, enjoy a beach break on a Balinese beach, or relax in the lush jungles of Ubud, famous for its temples, meditation, spa and yoga retreats. In Japan, discover a country where ultra-modern technology meets ancient tradition. Tour the many gardens, museums and temples across the country, before hitting the Tokyo nightlife scene. Wander around the orchid gardens, zoo and multiple Sentosa Island attractions in Singapore, visit the ancient religious site of Angok Wat in Cambodia, or ride a tuk tuk and tuck into amazing street food in Bangkok.

Essential information

  • Cash is the best way to pay for transactions when you’re out and about – keep your credit card for purchases in your hotel.
  • South East Asia is particularly humid – pack light clothing that is easy to wash.
  • Tipping is often not customary and can cause confusion, especially in Japan and China. A service charge is included on your bill.
  • Bring mosquito repellent and anti-bite spray
  • Tap water isn’t drinkable in most countries. With the exception of Japan, it is best to play things safe.
  • Exercise caution when eating street food – avoid fresh fruits and salads, or juices that may have been made with local water and mixed.
  • Haggling is common in marketplaces.
  • Take care when crossing roads. Traffic is chaotic, and drivers do not stop at red lights.
  • You will need a travel adapter for your trip in order to use electrical appliances. Check the country you are travelling to, as adapters for South Asia are not used in Japan.
  • A visa is required to visit some countries in Asia (such as China and Cambodia). You will need to apply and pay for this online before your trip.

Best time to travel

The best time to travel will depend on the destination you are travelling to. When visiting Japan, the best season is spring, as this is when the Sakura (cherry blossom), is out, but this time of year is prone to crowds. Summers are hot and humid, with some downpours, while winters are mild and can bring cheaper hotel rates. Indonesia’s dry season is from May-September. Monsoon season is from October to April. That said, temperatures never really drop below 27°C. Cambodia’s dry months are from October to April. Wet months are from May to September. Singapore is an all-year-round destination, but monsoon season runs from November to January. Always check the weather of the country you are travelling to before you set off.