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10 Asia Experiences

| Words by Kian Rackley |

Some of our favourite Asia travel experiences

Unusual twists on iconic Asia attractions or enthralling adventures off the beaten path. Here are some of our favourite travel experiences.

  1. Thailand: Mae Klang Luang village - Visit this remote Karen minority village set in the foothills of Thailand’s highest mountain, Doi Inthanon. Learn about a community project where the Karen maintain their traditions and practices that have been passed down through the generations.

  2. China: Tianmen Mountain Skywalk - Explore the mist-shrouded mountains of Zhangjiajie which inspired James Cameron’s blockbuster ‘Avatar’ and enjoy

  3. India:Taj Lake Palace, Udaipur– Built in 1746, this island-hotel is singularly India's most unique and opulent property. From a white marble terrace or your majestic a guestroom rich colour, enjoy sweeping views of lake Pichola and the impressive Aravalli Mountains.

  4. Cambodia: Kulen Archaelogical Park - Kayak along the waterways of Prek Toal in southern Cambodia’s National Park and visit the nature conservation center, both of which offer unparalleled bird watching and wildlife touring. See a completely different side of The Kingdom.

  5. Burma: Green Hill Valley - an elephant camp and reforestation initiative near the British-colonial town of Kalaw. Alongside seeing the reforestation project, travellers will get to interact with the camps native elephants and their local Burmese carers, or as they are known locally, ‘oozies’. A fascinating insight into this remote region of Burma.

  6. Laos: 4,000 Islands - long discovered but seldom visited, this magical region of southern Laos is where the Mekong river briefly scatters into a wide delta. As well as cruising the region's tributaries and lakes travellers are treated to coffee plantations, the ancient temple of Vat Phou, elephant experiences and some charming lodges.

  7. Vietnam: early morning bike tour - Join the local market traders of Hanoi and rise before dawn to explore a completely different side of this ancient city. Travel out to the iconic Long Biên Bridge and rub shoulders with the locals at the colourful Hanoi flower market!

  8. Vietnam: Mekong Speed Boat - more a leisurely cruise than speed-addled adventure, cruise in comfort through remote sections of the Mekong Delta away from the crowds. With no more than 16 travellers, see a different side of the Delta; meet the locals; and see more of the rapidly changing Saigon.

  9. Japan: Maiko Performance - In Kyoto, meet an apprentice Geisha and learn about the history and personal journeys of Japan's apprentice Geisha's.

  10. India, Japan, Bhutan and Mongolia: Festivals - participate in the incredible Naadam Festival in Mongolia's pastoral heartland; marvel at the Jhambay Lakhang Festival in Bumthang, Bhutan or witness Pushkar mela, India’s famous annual camel and livestock fair.

Many of these experiences are featured on our small group tours as Insider Experiences and others, including the Sky-walk in China and Hanoi morning tour, are part of our tailor-made holiday collection.