Explore a world completely different to your own in the Far East. Throughout this vast land mass, you’ll find ancient and traditional buildings clashing with ultra-modern skyscrapers and new-age technology. Asia and the Far East has an intriguing history spanning thousands of years and all this history has led to a fascinating mixture of cultures, cuisines, architecture, and religions.
From relaxing on tropical beaches to visiting intricately designed temples, Thailand has something to entice every visitor. Each corner of Thailand has a new wonder for you to uncover, miles of white sandy beaches and ancient temples a plenty, not to mention incredible cuisine. Phuket has a mixture of all of this and more, with Sino-Portuguese architecture and Chinese restaurants everywhere, it’s hard to miss the island’s rich history.
Borneo is the third largest island in the world, and the only island in the world to be politically administered by 3 different countries at one time. 73% of the island is Indonesia, 26% is Malaysia and 1% is Brunei. Borneo is home to one of the oldest rainforests in the world. At an estimated at around 140 million years old this rainforest creates the perfect eco-system to accommodate the island’s incredible wildlife, including the Orangutan’s which are endemic to Borneo. There are lots of different holiday types to Borneo to suit every sort of visitor, from Jungle Trekking and Climbing Mount Kinabalu to Orangutan and wildlife safaris to beach holidays and honeymoons.
For a country with a colourful history and rich culture, look no further than Cambodia. For the history and culture buffs, head to one of the seven wonders of the world, Angkor Wat. Or if you prefer your holidays to be more lowkey and calm, Sihanoukville is the place to be for a beach resort trip. And is the place city folk from Phnom Penh spend their weekends.
For excellent food, friendly locals and plenty to see and do, Japan should be top of your list. Tokyo is a beautiful amalgamation of futuristic and traditional, with towering skyscrapers, the Harajuku fashion and robot restaurant, to the serene and peaceful historical gardens, temples and shrines. There is culture in every step. Kyoto, the second largest city in Japan skews much more towards the traditional, with attractions such as Kiyomizudera Temple and Nijo Castle. Osaka is almost the polar opposite of Kyoto, being the hub of the playful, with an active nightlife, bright colours everywhere you look, plenty of places to shop and incredible food.
Being one of the most densely populated places in the world, there’s always something to do in Hong Kong. Riding the tram up to the peak rewards you with fantastic views over the city. You could swing by Disneyland to take part in the Stark Expo or try your hand at haggling among the night markets that spring up all over the city. Beautiful landscapes, fascinating architecture, loads of places to shop, and delicious food, what more could you want from a holiday.
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