Gigawatt cities teeming with life and colour, majestic vistas that bring a whole new meaning to the word ‘awe-inspiring’ and some of mankind’s most jaw-droppingly impressive creations: Asia has all this, and so much more. You’ll see its striding-into-the-future side in neon-lit metropolises such as Japan’s capital, Tokyo, which bristles with gleaming towers of glass and steel. Then there are the eternal, made-by-the-gods landscapes, from the high drama of the Himalayas to the otherworldliness of Vietnam’s Halong Bay. As for the achievements of man, they reach their apogee in a dizzying array of World Heritage Sites that includes Cambodia’s vast temple complex of Angkor Wat, the lustrous marble ode to love that is India’s Taj Mahal and the monumental Great Wall of China.
Of course, you’ll be enraptured by the showstoppers, and we guarantee you’ll need a bigger memory card for your camera to capture them all. But you’ll soon discover it’s the people you encounter who will turn your trip into a truly unique journey of discovery. It could be the supremely gifted artisans who introduce you to Laos’s vibrant culture through its traditional textiles, the Filipino farmers whose workplace is an amphitheatre of rice terraces that’s at least 2,000 years old or the passionate guides on an immersive, taste-bud-tempting selection of street-food tours and cooking classes in every corner of the continent.
Find your perfect adventure with a helping hand from our Asia gurus who know its unmissable spots and hidden treasures, from the one-of-a-kind places to stay to the tours with the savviest local guides.