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There are over 2000 temples, stupas and pagodas around Bagan. They come in all shapes and sizes, some simple, some elaborate, with many containing vivid frescoes, intricate carvings and Buddha statues. Whilst there are four structures considered must see – Ananda Pano, Shwesandaw Paya, Shwezigon Paya and Dhammayangyi Pahto – just ask your guide to take you farther afield and you’ll easily end up with beautiful temples to yourself.
For perfect views over Bagan’s temples, over the plains and to the mountains beyond, head skywards in a hot air balloon that will float you over the plain at sunrise. Balloon flights operate from October to April and are weather dependent – flights cannot be guaranteed to operate.
Called Byanazag in Mongolian, the flaming cliffs were so named by American palaeontologist and adventurer Ray Chapman Andrews when he arrived in search of dinosaurs in 1922. He found plenty, including the first ever dinosaur eggs; even the untrained eye will be able to spot a fossil or two as you wander through the canyons This striking formation of red and orange sandstone stands alone in a vast expanse of nothing and is particularly spectacular at sunset.
Kathmandu is a city of many layers – a modern day assault on the senses, a hub of cultural and artistic heritage and a monument to the medieval era. Timeless and endlessly fascinating Kathmandu is the hub of Nepal, located more or less at its centre in the Kathmandu Valley. The narrow streets of the old town buzz with life, from the dozens of ethnic groups that call the city home, to the habitual sacred cow wandering languidly through the chaos. With a 2,000 year history, Kathmandu has plenty to explore. The Thamel district is the travellers’ hub, full of hotels, restaurants and bars whilst the old city is a web of narrow alleyways centred on Durbar Square. Wandering these alleyways, lined with temples and crumbling old architecture, is a hair-raising but rewarding experience. Durbar Square itself is flanked by the old royal palace (durbar), where kings were crowned and then ruled, and offers a perfect place to people watch and soak up the atmosphere. Head down to the Bagmati River to see Kathmandu’s ghats, the banks lined by statues, temples and lovely old buildings, including the Pashupatinath Temple, one of the most sacred of the Hindu faith in Nepal.
Nepal’s second largest lake, legend tells that Phewa was formed when a goddess disguised as a beggar was scorned by the people of the valley, causing her to fill it with water. Whilst on the Pokhara side the lake shores are lined with hotels, bars and restaurants, the rest of the area is densely forested and excellent for bird watching. You can take to the water on a boat, walk or cycle around the lake or visit the Tal Barahi Temple at the lake’s centre. On a clear day the reflections of the Annapurna range in the lake’s waters is unsurpassed.
The Great Wall – Terracotta Warriors – Chengdu’s Pandas – Yangtze River – Shanghai’s Bund
Tokyo’s Senso-ji – Fuji views from Lake Kawaguchi – Kyoto’s extensive heritage – Tea with a geisha or meiko
Halong Bay – Sapa – Hoi An – Mekong Delta – Temple of Literature, Hanoi
Angkor Wat – Phnom Penh – Tonle Sap – Sihanoukville – Angkor Thom
Bagan – Rangoon – Inle Lake – Irrawaddy River – Mt Popa
Khongoryn Els – Ger Camp – Lake Khovsgol – Naadam Festival – Flaming Cliffs
The world’s most populous
Asia is home to a wealth of
people and cultures, each of them
offering their own
and delicious, cuisines. Whilst
food as a whole does share common
features – vibrant tastes, bright
colours and subtle flavours, and
ingredients – rice, ginger and
chillies (to name just a few),
be amazed by the huge variety of
things you can chow down on.
you like your food hot or not,
bustling street stall or in a
restaurant, prepare to blown
With a population of over four
billion people, Asia is an eclectic
mix of nationalities, societies and
ethnic groups. Examine its extensive
past and you’ll find little history
is shared between countries but
plenty of destinations are considered
innovative early civilisations and
important cultural crossroads so it’s
easy to see where the mystique of the
‘Orient’ of old began. Asian nations
do, however, share strong cultural
values and a love for expressing
their heritage through art, music and
food – experiencing these things for
yourself it a must.
Whether you are looking for
adrenaline adventure, culture or full
on relaxation, Asia is a traveller’s
paradise. From the skyscraping peak
of Mt Everest to the powder soft
sands of an Indian Ocean beach, the
range and depth of experiences on
offer is unsurpassed, whilst the
people you meet all have their own
unique stories they are more than
willing to share. With so much
diversity of culture, heritage,
natural and manmade landscapes, the
best thing you can do when travelling
in Asia is jump right in!
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The world’s largest and most populous continent, Asia is a vibrant and rambunctious fusion of ethnicities, cultures and customs; an incomparably rich and turbulent history showcased by mindboggling feats of architecture and engineering; a geography that encompasses towering peaks, unfathomable gorges and paradisiacal beaches; and a biodiversity that is so abundant that you’ll be reaching for your wildlife guide.