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  • Sunrise at the Taj Mahal
  • Bengal Tiger
  • Buddhas in front of Stupa in Ayutthaya,Thailand
  • Ha Long Bay
  • Misty views over the Great Wall of China
  • Sadhu Holy Men
  • Singapore

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Occupying 30% of the Earth’s total land area, and home to 60% of its population, Asia is a vast and fascinating continent bursting with variety, contrasts and contradictions. With surprises at every turn, Asia is home to some of the world’s most vibrant cities and serene rural villages, its highest mountains and great swathes of parched desert, with 48 countries stretching from the arctic north to the hot and humid tropics.

Perhaps best known for the variety of its peoples and cultures, Asia is home to some of the largest, most colourful and exciting markets in the world. Throughout South East Asia, the Indian Subcontinent and Central Asia you can immerse yourself into local life simply by wandering through a market and soaking up all the sights, sounds and smells. You can also experience festivals such as the colourful annual camel fair in Pushkar in India,
Mongolia’s traditional Nadaam festival or the centuries-old religious festivals of Bhutan and Ladakh. 

Asia boasts some of the world’s most iconic sights, such as the Taj Mahal in India, the Great Wall in China, Angkor Wat in Cambodia, Bagan in Burma and the Potala Palace in Tibet. These are all striking reminders of Asia’s fascinating history, where empires and civilisations have risen and fallen across the continent over millennia. The legacy of so many cultural influences filters through everyday life today: you can enjoy the rich fusion of traditions, religions, music, art and architecture throughout the continent. Perhaps this is most evident in Asia’s cuisine, where you can taste local and regional specialities in every country but the flavours of national dishes fuse across borders.

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Throughout Asia you can travel on some of the most exciting and diverse types of transport, from the ultra-modern bullet trains of Japan (the Shinkansen) to the old steam locomotives in the Indian Himalaya, from nippy tuk-tuks dodging the traffic of Bangkok to more sedate cycle-rickshaws in the dusty backstreets of Delhi, from the massed ranks of bicycles in Vietnam to the boats gently plying the backwaters of Kerala.

Travellers are lured back to Asia time and time again, and from our very beginnings it has been one of Explore’s most popular destinations. Wildlife lovers will relish the chance to track Bengal tigers in India or observe orang-utans in Borneo, historians will enjoy discovering the fabled sights of the Silk Road, while rail enthusiasts will find some of the world’s classic routes in Asia. For cyclists the continent offers so much, with quiet back-roads and many countries where cycling is part of everyday life.

Walkers and trekkers will find hiking trails in the Himalaya and throughout the continent for every ability. If you’re searching for tropical sunshine and relaxation you could explore the Maldives aboard a traditional dhoni boat or discover the palm-fringed beaches of Thailand and its idyllic islands. There really is something for everyone in this vast and fascinating continent.

  • Reflections at the Taj Mahal

    India (37 Trips)

    India strikes its visitor with a sensory, intellectual, spiritual and philosophical assault that’s unmatched by any...

  • Cruising by Junk

    Vietnam (31 Trips)

    In modern-day Vietnam one thing in particular stands out. It is, quite simply, the remarkable speed at which the...

  • Buddhas in front of Stupa in Ayutthaya,Thailand

    Thailand (21 Trips)

    The ancient Kingdom of Thailand is a proud and independent place that burns fiercely with the white heat of modernity...

  • Misty views over the Great Wall of China

    China (20 Trips)

    The People’s Republic of China (PRC) has long been seen as an enigma in the West. Since economic reforms began in...

  • Bayon Temple at Angkor Thom

    Cambodia (18 Trips)

    Cambodia is perhaps the most beguiling of all the countries of South-east Asia. Long associated with the brutal Khmer...

  • Beautiful countryside

    Sri Lanka (18 Trips)

    Part of Sri Lanka's irresistible charm lies in the way it interweaves past and present. Whilst being forward-looking...

  • Bagan

    Burma (13 Trips)

    Burma – or Myanmar– is the ‘it’ destination of the moment, having featured in almost every...

  • Valley under Mt Machupuchure

    Nepal (10 Trips)

    In December 2013 the European Union banned all airlines based in Nepal from flying in the 28-nation bloc....

  • Golden Statues

    Laos (8 Trips)

    Laos is fast becoming the darling of South-east Asia, satisfying all the romantic images of perfumed frangipani...

  • Hong Kong

    Hong Kong (6 Trips)

    The world’s original ‘exotic’ Asian city, Hong Kong is still all that – with a twist. There were concerns...

  • Borobudur

    Indonesia (5 Trips)

    The Indonesian archipelago offers a hugely diverse spread of cultures and sights. Start in Java, where the massive...

  • Khiva

    Uzbekistan (5 Trips)

    Consumed by an arid and seemingly endless expanse of rolling sand dunes and yellow-grey desert, Uzbekistan is a land...

  • Gveleti Waterfalls

    Georgia (4 Trips)

    Perhaps Europe’s final bastion situated at the juncture of Eastern Europe and Western Asia, steeped in mystery and...

  • Bullet train and Mt Fuji

    Japan (4 Trips)

    Despite Japan’s ‘closed’ period having ending in 1868, this endlessly fascinating country still remains an...

  • Stunning island beaches

    Maldives (4 Trips)

    Beginning one degree north of the equator, the Maldives are a chain of twenty-six serene atolls running north-south...

  • Akdamar Island in Van

    Armenia (3 Trips)

    Little-known but historically important, the mountainous and landlocked country of Armenia lies on the crossroads...

  • Early morning summit of Mount Kinabalu

    Malaysia (3 Trips)

    Malaysia is a word that conjures up the mystery of the East: sultans and head hunters, jungles with exotic wildlife...

  • Monastery in Tongsa, Bhutan

    Bhutan (2 Trips)

    Known by the Bhutanese as Druk Yul, ‘Land of the Thunder Dragon’, Bhutan is an ethereal Himalayan Kingdom steeped...

  • Long-nosed Proboscis

    Borneo (2 Trips)

    Borneo is part of Malaysia and is the third largest island in the world surrounded by the Java, Celebes, Sulu and...

  • 'Kyrgyzstan & Beyond' / Claire Eaton

    Kyrgyzstan (2 Trips)

    Kyrgyzstan is a nation as rich in natural beauty as it is poor in vowels, dominated by unspoiled mountain ranges,...

  • Terraced land

    Philippines (2 Trips)

    Boasting Asia’s best beach, picture postcard views that scream ‘paradise’, countless volcano peaks, and...

  • Ashgabat

    Turkmenistan (2 Trips)

    Poised at the arid heart of Central Asia, land-locked Turkmenistan borders Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Afghanistan, Iran,...

  • Views over Jalman Meadows

    Mongolia (1 Trip)

    Mongolia is a land of vast open spaces and otherworldly grandeur. The nation’s nomadic peoples have been crossing...

  • Beach walks

    Seychelles (1 Trip)

    This archipelago in the Indian Ocean is famous for its sandy beaches, tropical climate and clear waters, but there is...

  • Gyeongbok Palace, Seoul

    South Korea (1 Trip)

    Forward-looking South Korea is one of the world’s most technologically advanced nations – a place where science...

  • Taipei 101

    Taiwan (1 Trip)

    Sitting off the south-east coast of mainland China, the island nation of Taiwan – governed by the Republic of China...

  • beautiful beach in Mauritius

    Mauritius (1 Trip)

  • Cilaos of Reunion

    Reunion (1 Trip)