Asia Tours, Vacation Packages & Travel Experiences
If the allure of the exotic Far East results in a planned visit to Asia, there is then the decision on which destinations to select. Each one has its own special appeal on Asia tours. There are differences in language, history, customs, religions, cuisines and local scenery. Goway offers more than 20 countries in Asia.
China is the fastest developing country in the world thus providing the opportunity to see where this destination is heading as well as being able to experience its 4000-year history. Beijing’s highlights include the Great Wall and the Imperial Palace, also known as the Forbidden City. Shanghai is, in many ways, the city of the future. Xian, China’s ancient capital, is home to the legendary 2000-year-old Terra Cotta Warriors. Guilin has stunning tropical scenery and landscapes. Suzhou has fascinating canals and ornamental gardens and Kunming is the centre of colourful ethnic minorities. Then there is Tibet with its fabulous and immense Potala Palace, the dramatically beautiful Yangtze River with its fjord-like scenery and the historic Silk Route of China stretching right across the country. All this is just a small part of a large world to be discovered on your China vacation.
Japan also offers the past and present in its major cities, Tokyo, Kyoto, Osaka, Nagoya and Hiroshima. It is a land of tradition with its castles, temples and shrines together and with its many special occasions such as the Blossom Festivals. It is also a modern land with its speeding bullet trains and the latest electronic gadgets. The cuisine is unique ranging from ramen noodles and sushi to seaweed tea!
South Korea also combines the old and the new. Enjoy the street markets, palaces and gardens in Seoul, the archaeological sites in the ancient capital of Gyeongju known as the “Museum without Walls”, the port city of Busan with its special temples and the tropical “Hawaii of Korea”, Jeju Island with its swaying palms and sandy beaches. Korean scenery varies from mountain ranges to forested national parks.
Hong Kong may only cover a small area but it is chock full of reasons to spend a few days here. There is the hectic everyday life combined with amazing energy. There is outstanding shopping ranging from vibrant street markets such as the incomparable Stanley Market to stores selling luxury brand merchandise. The traditional side of Hong Kong is to be found in its narrow alleyways and its many temples and pagodas. A must is a trip on the Star Ferry between Kowloon and Hong Kong Island.
Not far away on a short ferry ride is Macau with its Portuguese influences reflected in its architecture, churches, fortresses and cuisine. A highlight is a thrilling walk around the outside of the Macau Tower while looking down on the city.
Taiwan is a country with many natural attributes with a steep mountain chain running from north to south, lush forests, lakes and an abundance of natural beauty. Its capital, Taipei, is a busy centre of activity with the jewel in the crown being the remarkable National Palace Museum with its treasure trove of ancient Chinese artifacts. Two other highlights are Kenting National Park, Taiwan’s oldest national park and the exotic-sounding Sun Moon Lake, the largest natural lake in the country.
The Philippines is a land of natural beauty with volcanic mountains, scenic rice paddies, tumbling waterfalls, serene lakes and some of the best beaches in Asia. Manila offers a lively urban scene and an insight into the country’s Spanish rule through a visit to the old area of Intramuros. The major beach resorts include Boracay, Palawan and Cebu. For a change of pace, check out the Banaue Rice Terraces with their breathtaking, scenic landscapes carved into the mountains.
Indonesia’s highlights include the magical island of Bali which combines excellent beaches with quaint villages, traditional temples, rice paddies and an active volcano. Take a side trip to the enchanting inland resort of Ubud with its mountain and valley setting and wonderful artisan shops. Archaeology fans should head to Java and Borobudur with its 1200-year old Buddhist relics and Prambanan with its centuries-old Hindu temple complex. Then there are the legendary Komodo Dragons on the island of Komodo, the world’s largest lizards and a sight not to be missed.
Singapore is a melting pot of three distinct cultures, Malay, Chinese and Indian which all come together in the country’s architecture, traditions, food and people. There are modern high-rises and colourful neighbourhoods such as Chinatown and Little India. Other highlights are outdoor dining on the Singapore River, a visit to the interesting Jurong Bird Park and to Sentosa Island with its museum, aquarium, beaches, shopping and restaurants.
There are many special attractions in Malaysia. There is the cosmopolitan capital, Kuala Lumpur, the island of Penang with its excellent beaches and charming, historical Georgetown, the hill retreats of the Genting and Cameron Highlands, the world’s largest rainforest, Taman Negara, the beautiful resort of Langkawi and the fascinating Portuguese and Chinese-influenced Malacca. And then there is Malaysian Borneo with interesting cities such as Kuching and Kota Kinabalu and South East Asia’s highest mountain, Mount Kinabalu plus the opportunity to stay with native ex-headhunter tribes in the jungle. Scuba diving in the south of Borneo is some of the best anywhere.
Brunei, on the island of Borneo, boasts some unique architecture in its capital, Bandar Seri Begawan. This includes the Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddin Mosque and the Royal Palace. Other attractions include rainforests, wildlife and beaches.
Thailand is often called the land of smiles because of its gentle, friendly people. It is home to the exciting city of Bangkok teeming with life with its wonderful ornate palaces and temples, street markets, Chao Phraya River on which to take a cruise and its rambling backwater canals. A side trip to the River Kwai is well worth while or to the nearby beach resorts of Pattaya, Hua Hin and Cha-Am. For more excellent beach resorts, you can’t go wrong with Phuket, Ko Samui, Krabi, Phi Phi Island or Koh Lanta in Southern Thailand. Northern Thailand offers spectacular scenery and impressive cities such as Chiang Mai, the "Rose of the North" and Chang Rai. In this region, you can visit with hill tribes and experience a working elephant camp.
The emerging destinations of Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos each have their own character and attractions. Vietnam has fascinating, lively metropolises such as Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi plus the old historical capital of Hue, the nearby atmospheric port of Hoi An, the beach resorts of Nha Trang and Phan Tiet, the amazing and spectacular Halong Bay and the scenic hill stations of Dalat and Sapa. The Mekong Delta offers lush tropical scenery and an insight into local rural life. Cambodia is home to one of the world’s most amazing archaeological sites, Angkor Wat, with its extensive ancient temple complex. Laos‘s main attraction is the town of Luang Prabang with its colourful temples, exceptional night market and the daily parade of the monks.
Once a closed country, Myanmar has now opened its doors to the world. Marvel at the awe-inspiring Shwedagon Pagoda, a city within a city containing many pavillions and shrines. Take in the” seeing is believing” landscape of the hundreds of Buddhist temples in Bagan. Mandalay has a large collection of temples and pagodas and Inle Lake offers the opportunity to view colourful country life. Take a boat ride on the lake and observe the fascinating fishing villages.
Why travel to India? Where to begin. In Delhi, you can experience the hustle and bustle of Old Delhi, visit Gandhi’s memorial, admire the impressive Jama Masjid Mosque, Humayan’s Tomb, burial place of several Moghul emperors and the Qutub Minar, the tallest tower in India. In Mumbai, marvel at the Gateway of India overlooking the harbour, take in the attractive Marine Drive, visit Gandhi’s home, now a museum and visit the most amazing outdoor laundry, the Dhobi Ghats. Jaipur is known as the “Pink City” with its City Palace, the enigmatic Palace of Winds, the Jantar Mantar ancient observatory and the striking and majestic Amber Palace perched on top of a hill. No visit to India would be complete without seeing the Taj Mahal in Agra, the white marble mausoleum built by order of the emperor Shah Jahan in the 1600’s.
Arguably India’s most beautiful city, Udaipur is located on scenic Lake Pichola and offers marble palaces and beautiful gardens. Jodhpur has the immense and stunning Mehrangarh Fort located on the top of a hill. For beaches and history, head to Goa and for animal viewing, Ranthambore Tiger Sanctuary. For something unusual, check out the erotic temple carvings in Khajuraho. For ambience and an insight into the Hindu way of life, visit Varanasi and take an early morning boat ride on the River Ganges. Travel south to the attractive city of Cochin for Portuguese influences and the nearby fascinating backwaters of Kerala.
Nepal is synonymous with Mount Everest viewed from Kathmandu but that’s not all there is to see. The capital, Kathmandu will make you feel as if time has stopped still with its medieval atmosphere, palaces and Buddhist and Hindu temples. Nearby Bhaktapur is known for its woodcarvings, pottery and cloth weaving. Nepal is the place for treks, easy or hard, short or long. Many of these start in the scenic resort of Pokhara located on a beautiful lake. Animal lovers will enjoy a jungle safari in Royal Chitwan National Park.
Sandwiched between India, China and Nepal, Bhutan is a unique and mysterious country full of colourful Buddhist monasteries, museums and local markets. It also has stunning scenery including snow-capped peak and wooded valleys. It is a great place to experience resplendent festivals which take place constantly.
Mongolia, the World’s largest landlocked country, was the home of the legendary Genghis Khan. It is also home to the Gobi Desert which is made up of mountains and forests as well as sand dunes. Try a stay here in a traditional yurt for a unique experience. Ulan Bator, which combines the traditional and the modern, is the place to see locals who still dress in their traditional clothes. Mongolia also has a number of national parks and nature reserves.
Sri Lanka offers a combination of attractions such as excellent beaches, national parks and wildlife sanctuaries. The capital Colombo offers museums, art galleries, an old fort and beaches. Kandy is the home of the Temple of the Sacred Tooth and an elephant orphanage. The Yala National Park is a special wildlife sanctuary.
The Maldives are a group of delightful coral islands where you can really escape. Here you can have your own overwater bungalow and truly be in paradise. Time will definitely slow down for you here!
So, the total mystery of Asia will not be experienced after just one visit and a glimpse of it will probably cause an unavoidable desire to return there. Book your Asia tours today....you won't be disappointed.
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After your choice of an Asia vacation, consider taking the time to visit other destinations. Goway offers exciting China vacation packages, India tours and Thailand vacation packages plus a comprehensive selection of vacation packages in many other Asian countries.
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