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.
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.
The Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum is a sombre attraction visited by many but my personal highlight was a walking tour along a single track railway
In November 2018, I spent a week in China brushing up on my knowledge of this enormous but endlessly fascinating country. I stayed in two
Asia is truly an unforgettable destination – with its buzzing cities that never sleep, colourful food, dynamic culture, tropical beaches, historical ruins and opulent architecture,
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