Asia is waiting for you
The world’s largest and most populated continent is full of extremes from tropical islands to deserts to modern thriving cities. Your choice is endless.
In Japan it takes just a few masterful strokes of the knife for the itamae to turn a palette of raw ingredients into a fire-breathing dragon, plated and ready to serve. At one of the most exclusive sushi restaurants in Tokyo why not learn from the master who shares some of his sushi-making techniques. The best part, of course, is dining on sushi, partly made by you at the end of the lesson. Travel in the spring to marvel at the cherry blossom of rural Japan and learn about the benefits of the ancient art of forest bathing.
In Cambodia wonder at the Buddhist temples of Angor Wat whilst over high tea at the colonial Raffles Hotel Le Royal in Phnom Penh, meet Youk Chhang, survivor of the Khmer Rouge’s killing fields where you listen to his personal experiences of enduring the horror of the Khmer Rouge.
In Sri Lanka explore the beautiful Dambulla cave temple, dating back to the 1st century. Witness a ritual Puja ceremony at the Temple of the Sacred Tooth. Travel to a 50-acre coconut plantation dating back to the early 1900s and still growing organic coconut today. Learn about tea harvesting and meet the resident grower as he explains the benefits of this famous export whilst you sip a cup of their tea. In Yala National Park take an afternoon Jeep safari to see leopards perched on the trees above you.
In Indian after visiting the numerous temples take a game drive to see Bengal tigers in the wild. Ranthambore National Park is one of the best places in the world to see these magnificent creatures. The park is also home to leopards, sloth bears, striped hyenas, jackals, palm civets and desert cats.. Or find yourself on a yoga retreat in the foothills of the Himalayas. Down south discover the waterways and pristine beaches of Kerala.
In Thailand change into a mahout (elephant keeper) outfit, yours to keep and meet your very own elephant and mahout for the day. Get involved in an exclusive private hands-on elephant experience and get to know your elephant by bathing it in the river and then learn a few elephant commands in a special dialect of the Karen language. Elephant artists can even create masterpieces for you to take home as souvenirs.
In Vietnam discover an enchanting rainforest at Cuc Phuong National Park. If you visit in April or May, you may even see some of the millions of butterflies that breed here. Continue on to Halong Bay for an in-depth cruise visiting Cat Ba Island, famous for its national park and endangered langurs.
In Bhutan go hiking with views of Gangkar Puensum, the world’s highest unclimbed peak and cross paths with yak herders whilst camping on the shores of shimmering glacial lakes or visit classic sites like Taktsang Monastery, clinging to the edge of a sheer cliff and the 12th century temple of Kyichu Lhakhang.
Trek in Nepal, dive in Indonesia or surf in Bali. These are merely a taster of what Asia has to offer.
How it works: we have a network of the finest trusted operators in each destination that we work and consult with every step of the way to create your personalised journey. That’s why we don’t offer packages. Every client is different and each trip we create is special. We often have access to exclusive experiences that are not available direct to the public. You decide how much you wish to immerse yourself in local culture and tradition. It is also important to note that we are always guided by what our partners recommend and any cultural sensitivities and interactions are driven by our hosts and not our clients. This way we always preserve the integrity of the indigenous population.
Let your journey begin.