WELCOME TO ASIA
From the nomadic steppes of Kazakhstan to the frenetic streets of Hanoi, Asia is a continent so full of intrigue, adventure, solace and spirituality that it has fixated and confounded travellers for centuries.
This continent has contributed a cast of villains and heroes to global history. Most of the significant achievements of the modern world had their infancy in Asia. Historic trading routes sliced across epic terrain as expanding empires competed to trade goods and ideas throughout the continent and beyond. Asia’s ambitious civilisations ultimately gave rise to some of the world’s most revolutionary ideas and important technology. Ancient wonders and sacred spaces abound across the continent, from the Great Wall of China and the temples of Angkor to lesser-known marvels in Myanmar, Nepal and Afghanistan
From sublime coastlines to snow-capped mountains, the majestic Mekong River to wildlife infested jungle, Asian landscapes hold an immediacy and vibrancy that captivates and enchants. Immense expanses of desert flow down from inhospitable mountains, which in turn give way to seemingly impenetrable forests. In a land where tigers still roam free (though far from noisy tourists) nature continues to be the driving force in many peoples’ lives. Virtually every climate on the globe is represented here; take a trek over the Gobi’s arching dunes or sun yourself on the sand-fringed tropical islands of the South China Sea
Mongolia is a country of growing visitor interest, with its unique cultural heritage, landscape, geographical situation and natural ecosystem. Being in a landlocked location between China and Russia and therefore without a marine influence on the weather, the climate of Mongolia can be quite extreme, changing rapidly from hot summer days to freezing winter temperatures.
Mongolia is rich with places of natural beauty, and a visit to nomadic people, exploring their lifestyle, makes it even more interesting, as they have kept their traditions and style relatively unchanged from the earliest days
Travellers to secretive Myanmar are welcomed by local people as their only contact with the outside world, making this one of Southeast Asia’s most rewarding destinations.
Myanmar’s travel experiences are simply unparalleled. Try taking a slow boat up the Irrawaddy to Mandalay. Relax in a private lodge on the shores of misty Inle Lake. Take a balloon ride and get a bird’s eye view of the extraordinary temples of Bagan. Trek into the forests to spot rare indigenous bird species.
Myanmar is not the simplest Southeast Asian country to visit in terms of infrastructure and access, but travelers who make the effort are richly rewarded.
India’s name is derived from the “Indus” River whose valleys were first settled five thousand years ago. Successive waves of migration and invaders from distant lands have all contributed to the fantastic culture that continues to amaze its first-time visitors and to exert a pull long after they have gone home. Reminders of India’s multi-faceted cultural heritage are everywhere; the glorious past is still alive in the present. You see it in the distinctive regional costumes and cuisine, in the monuments, forts, palaces, temples, mosques and stupas scattered all over the sub-continent.
India is a vibrant, crowded country pulsating with energy and bursting with life. India is all this and much more. Once you go, you’ll realize that there are so many more adventures to pursue.