Asia is a continent so full of intrigue, adventure, solace and spirituality that it has fixated and confounded travellers for centuries. In a land where tigers still roam free, nature continues to be the driving force in many peoples’ lives and with virtually every climate on the globe represented here.
The city maintains a remarkable balance of green space and skyscrapers, in addition to sustaining substantial ethnic enclaves like Little India and Chinatown. The city is considered a contemporary, commercial and cosmopolitan city-state. Head out of town and you’ll find plenty of walking trails, treetop jungle bridges, wildlife galore and the city's green jewel, the Unesco World Heritage–listed Singapore Botanic Gardens. Museums stand tall and welcome amateur historians to explore their vast interiors.
Cherry blossom petals caught on a breeze, the burble of a water fountain permeating the silence of a peaceful rock garden - standing as Japan's capital from A.D. 794 to 1868, the city has thrived as a hub for Japanese culture, art and education. Visitors can visit the centuries-old Shinto shrines and pagodas. Kyoto's blend of ancient and contemporary makes it a vibrant city that certainly isn't stuck in the past.
The Maldives is well known for its picture-perfect private villas suspended over striking blue waters, alabaster white sand beaches and spectacular sunsets dipping into the horizon. For adventurers there is exploring the depths of the sea on a scuba diving and snorkeling excursion. Visitors seeking relaxation can unwind at one of the island spas. Located between the Arabian and Laccadive seas, the Maldives is about as isolated as you can get.
Ancient temples and modern shopping malls comprise Thailand's capital, and Buddhist monks and regulars of Patpong share the city's streets. Yes, the city seems to boil over with everything from humidity to humanity, but it's this exotic overabundance that charms travelers. Here, you'll find the world's largest open-air market, a world-class aquarium housed in an eight-level shopping mall, a 150-foot golden Buddha statue and so much more. It's a city of vast surprises…!
It is a tough city whose beauty lies in its blends of Chinese culture with a curious fusion of Japanese, Southeast Asia and American influences. The city will take you on a historical journey from The Taoist temples, to the Japanese-ear mansions and the treasures in the National Palace Museum and night markets. Can't-miss attractions here include a ride to the top of the ultramodern Taipei 101 tower, the National Palace, where you'll find artifacts from the Forbidden City, and the tasty Shilin Night Market.