Explore Asia

Explore Southern Asia – an enchanting region full of surprises

We are excited to announce that we are in the process of expanding our overseas operations, and will now be offering bespoke and fixed package tours throughout Southern Asia, alongside our speciality tours in India. If you are interested in visiting any of the following countries get in touch with a member of our team, and we can provide you with further information and brochures.

 

Nepal

There is a lot more to Nepal than Mount Everest and the Himalayas! With the highest concentration of UNESCO world heritage sites in the world and with the greatest variation in altitude of any location on Earth, visitors are certainly kept busy in Nepal. Situated between China and India, Nepal is particularly renowned for its spectacular geography and beautiful monasteries.

There are few other places in the world with such a harmonious blend of cultures. We recommend you take a cultural tour in the Kathmandu Valley to discover about the Newari founders, or perhaps an ox cart village tour in the Terai region to truly discover Nepal’s fascinating mix of cultures.

Nepal is divided into three layers, according to its geographical settings – Himalayan region, Mid-hills, and Terai region (flat land). Himalayan region is the home of legendary Sherpas, who are renowned for climbing mountain Everest. Nepal’s convenient weather, fertile soil, and natural setting provided a lucrative environment for many emperors and tribes to settle in times gone by. Mighty dynasties ruled Nepal throughout various episodes in its dramatic history, bringing a rich variety of cultural and religious groups to this relatively tiny land.

For those who are interested in the gastronomy of Asia, visit Nepal and you will discover a world of flavours! Nepal’s tourist-friendly cuisine ranges from traditional favourites like dal bhat and ever-popular momos, to international dishes from continental to Asian and beyond. Nepal is also a fabulous destination for trekking, kayaking, rafting, bungee jumping, mountain biking and canyoning – meaning there truly is something for everyone!

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Bhutan

With its beautiful and largely unspoiled Himalayan setting, rich flora and fauna, mesmeric rolling hills, towering crags, magnificent mountains, dense forests, pure air, delightful people and a vibrant culture, Bhutan has become an increasingly popular destination for international tourists.

From quaint farming villages to magical forests to mountains where Yeti is said to reside, Bhutan is a place which has escaped the civilized touch of the rest of the world. According to a United Nations survey, it is the happiest nation in the world, causing tourists from across the globe flock to this peaceful Buddhist nation.

With its spectacular mountain terrain and unique ancient Buddhist monasteries constructed with timeless historical architecture, it is hardly difficult to see why Bhutan is often heralded as the last “Shangri-La”. The tiny kingdom of Bhutan shares with Nepal the world’s greatest concentration of mountains and a living heritage of Buddhism.

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Maldives

The Maldives are a collection of tropical islands in the Indian Ocean, comprising of 26 ring-shaped atolls, which in turn are made up of more than 1,000 coral islands.

The Maldives are best known for their idyllic beaches, azure lagoons and extensive reefs.The capital, Malé, has a thriving fish market, restaurants and shops on the main road, Majeedhee Magu, and 17th-century Hukuru Miskiy (also known as Friday Mosque) is made of carved white coral.

Most resorts won’t have a busy entertainment programme, and there is not much in the way of sightseeing (apart from the occasional organised excursion by boat from the resort to a local inhabited island). However with its abundant sea life and sandy beaches, the Maldives are accurately portrayed as the closest thing on earth to paradise. The economy of this Islamic republic predominantly revolves around tourism, and scores of islands have been developed for catering for high-end luxury tastes!

The origin of the Maldivians are lost in antiquity, but history reveals that the islands have been populated for over 3,000 years. Early settlers were travellers on the Silk Route and from the Indus Valley Civilisation. Inherently warm, friendly and hospitable by nature, it is easy to feel comfortable and relaxed with a Maldivian local!

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Dubai

Dubai is located on the Eastern coast of the Arabian Peninsula, in the south west corner of the Arabian Gulf. It is extremely well known for its warm hospitality and rich cultural heritage, and the Emirati people are welcoming and generous in their approach to visitors.

With year-round sunshine, intriguing deserts, beautiful beaches, luxurious hotels and shopping malls, fascinating heritage attractions and a thriving business community, Dubai receives millions of leisure and business visitors each year from around the world.

One of the most iconic landmarks in Dubai is the Burj al-Arab, a luxury hotel l designed by Tom Wright, and standing at 321 meters tall with 66 floors! The building stands on an artificial island located 280 m offshore in the Persian Gulf. The hotel also features a Skyview Bar, an underwater restaurant, seven-star hotel rooms and an outdoor tennis court!

If you love shopping then alongside the many shopping malls and centres, Dubai boasts the most famous gold market in the world. The Gold Souk is part of the reason why the city is sometimes called a “Golden Land”. The markets are lined with gold shops where you can get a variety of gold items of various quality. Not only showcasing Dubai’s gold, these markets also sell a range of perfumes, spices and cloth.

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Sri Lanka

An island paradise described as ‘The Pearl of the Indian Ocean’, Sri Lanka is fast becoming a must see destination by travellers the world over. Sri Lanka is home to warm tropical climes, golden and white sand beaches, abundant wildlife and a unique cultural diversity.

The central highlands are characterized by striking mountains covered in green tea plantations and romantic waterfalls, which peep above a blanket of mist and clouds. Moving northwards towards the North Central Valley of the Kings, the mountains give way to a network of reservoirs and paddy fields. White pagodas and colourful Hindu temples pepper the landscape, and offer an interesting window into the rich culture of the island.  The capital Colombo, which is situated on the western coast, is an icon of the country’s colonial heritage.

A popular option is creating a bespoke tour to both Sri Lanka and the Maldives; the sensational neighbouring islands perfectly complement each other and can be paired together to create a fantastic tour package.

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Thailand

Thailand – often quipped to be the “Land of Smiles” – is a unique gem in South East Asia. Its turquoise waters, white beaches, vibrant cities, ancient cultures, lush jungles, mouth-watering food and friendly locals make it a highly recommended location for all travellers.

The varied country really does have something for everyone. Adventure lovers can zip line through the jungles in Chang Mai or go snorkelling in the diver’s paradise of Koh Tao, culture vultures can experience the hustle and bustle of Bangkok and marvel at its temples, and beach lovers can explore the pristine coves of Koh Phi Phi, and perhaps experience a world famous Thai massage (if you’re brave enough!)

The tumultuous events in the recent past have not been able to change the idyllic perception most travellers have of Thailand. Traditional highlights and ‘surprises around every corner’ satisfy both the holiday maker and seasoned traveller, the first timer and the repeater. With the right balance of sights and surprises, we are sure Thailand will stay firmly positioned as a favourite destination for travellers for many years to come.

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