Compelling and exotic
Remote islands, stunning scenery, bustling cities, wonderful beaches and mountain retreats. The Far East is a compelling, exotic and diverse destination for travellers looking to experience a different part of the world.
China is a country of huge contrast with big exciting cities such as Beijing and Shanghai. In rural towns and villages, old China seems to have carried on regardless. From green paddy fields and bamboo forests to gorges and limestone peaks, China is a fascinating destination for all travellers.
Japan is a country of many contrasts where the very latest in high-tech vies with ago-old traditions. Experience the bustling town of Tokyo, the traditional imperial city of Kyoto, iconic Mount Fuji and the beautiful countryside. It is a delightful destination that is full of surprises.
Thailand offers inspiration and relaxation in equal quantities. Explore quiet golden temples and noisy markets. Visit remote hill tribes and whizz through towns on a tuk tuk. Explore hot, humid jungles and relax in a world-class resort on one of Thailand’s many stunning beaches.
Discover Myanmar (Burma), newly open for travel and steeped in tradition and eastern history. A journey here is a trip into the Asia of days gone by. Embark on a travel experience rich in old-world atmosphere, natural beauty, culture. Enjoy memorable encounters with friendly, engaging people.
Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia, collectively as Indochina, are one of the most unspoilt and beautiful parts of the world. A region offering history, culture, quiet beauty, stunning coastlines and vibrant cities. Take in the slow pace of Vietnam with its French colonial cities and the amazing and myriad temple complexes of Angkor Wat. Experience the laid back atmosphere of Luang Prabang in Laos.
The contrasts of modern and traditional life in Malaysia reflect its diversity of cultures. Malaysia is a superb travel destination. The climate is tropical, the beaches perfect and the rainforest scenery impressive. Kuala Lumpur in contrast offers good shopping, dining and architecture. Borneo’s untamed jungles are a wildlife lover’s dream and it’s people engaging and friendly.
Bali is one of 17,000 islands that make up the teeming region of Indonesia. This “Island of the Gods” is rich in cultural tradition and offers a wealth of delights for visitors. Golden beaches, lush green rich terraces, unique arts and crafts and a friendly, welcoming people. Lying approximately 10° south of the Equator, Bali’s climate is hot and generally sunny all year round.
Singapore is about as westernised as Asia can get. A clean city that retains a grip on its colonial tradition, Singapore offers some fo the world’s best shopping hotels. And some wonderful cuisine. Make time to visit Chinatown, Boat Quay and Little India along with Sentosa, Singapore’s own island resort getaway.
Weather conditions vary throughout the Far East so it’s important to travel at the best times of the year. Thanks to Inspired by Asia, here are recommendations for the best time to visit key destinations in the Far East, helping you to get the best out of your journey.
April – May & September – October
October to May
February to October
West Coast (Phuket, Khao Lak, Krabi) – November to February
The Gulf of Thailand (Koh Samui, Koh Phangan, Hua Hin, Koh Samet) – December to August
The North (Chang Mai, Chiang Rai) – November to March
Bangkok – December to April
The West coast (Langkawi, Penang) – December to April
The East coast (Kuala Terengganu) – May to October
Borneo (Sabah) – March to October. But there is little difference all year round
Kuala Lumpur – December to February & May to August
North Vietnam (Hanoi, Halong Bay) – February to April
Central Vietnam (Hue, Danang, Hoi An, Nha Trang) – March to August
Southern Vietnam (Saigon, Mekong Delta, Phu Quoc) – December to April
Cambodia and Laos – October to April
November to April
May to September
November to February
We can arrange private tours into the heart of rainforests and jungles. Escorted programmes to give you an in-depth taste of say China or Japan. And we can put together some great multi-centre itineraries to give you a total Asia experience.