The postcard images of mist-shrouded hilltop shrines, perfect white sand beaches and dense green rainforest can all be found in glorious reality, often just a couple of hours away from the cities. The tranquillity of cruises or rafting trips on mighty rivers, the mystery of the jungle and the beauty of tropical islands can all be experienced. You'll discover hidden lakes and awesome volcanoes, a world away from the tumult of the city. You can watch traditional dances in remote villages and see age-old crafts practised in tiny workshops. There's adventure, too - want to take that raft over white water, trek up a mountain or ride an elephant? You can do it all, and more. The cities of the Far East are steamy, exciting places full of energy, where shopping is a thrill, be it in enormous air-conditioned retail complexes or at open-air markets, where the challenge of haggling adds a frisson of mystery to your every purchase. You can dine on some of the world's tastiest food, be it from a street-side stall selling local favourites, or in a world-class hotel restaurant overseen by a famous chef. You'll see extraordinary buildings, such as the Petronas Towers of Kuala Lumpur, and visit top-class museums. A Far Eastern holiday really is a feast for the senses.
From images of orange-robed monks in the temples of Bangkok, elephants and hill tribes in the forested mountains of the north, and beach resorts and tropical islands of the south, the land of a thousand smiles has something for everyone, from couples to families alike.
The lively mixture of Malay, Chinese and Indian communities results in an array of culture and wonderful food, whilst white sand beaches fringe the many islands. On the rainforest-covered island of Borneo, you can view Mount Kinabalu and meet orang-utans.
Vietnam and Cambodia
Conical-hatted women working in lush green paddy fields, the mighty delta of the 2 great Red and Mekong Rivers, bustling cities with faded colonial grandeur, the magnificent Temples of Angkor and the dramatic beauty of Halong Bay - an adventure not to be missed.
Bustling ethnic enclaves such as Little India and Chinatown rub up against sleek modern skyscrapers, with echoes of its colonial British past. Peruse atmospheric markets and air-conditioned malls and eat some of the best food in the Far East, especially from the food stalls.
An island of outstanding natural beauty with countless Hindu temples, white sand beaches, lush rice terraces and forested mountains. Made for romance, the island specialises in sumptuous spas, ideal for a relaxing Balinese massage after a day exploring and shopping.
It's one of the world's most famous skylines and the pace of life here is fast. Shop until you drop, feel the Chinese spirit in the many festivals, enjoy the great Chinese food and even find a place for quiet reflection too, such as Victoria Peak with its fantastic views.
The Great Wall and Terracotta Warriors are famous historical wonders of China, but futuristic Shanghai and fast-growing Beijing also offer a wealth of culture where old meets new. Take time out at Chengdu's Panda Breeding Centre or even cruise the scenic Yangtze River.
Be charmed by the people and their politeness, and marvel at the hi-tech, from vending machines to electronics shops. Sample sushi from conveyor belts and view the awe-inspiring Mount Fuji. A country that contrasts the breathtakingly ultra-modern with the traditional.
Far East Cruising
A cruise is the perfect way to experience the beauty of southeast Asia, its beautiful islands and often dramatic coastlines. Sailing from Singapore and Hong Kong, we have 4 cruising itineraries to offer you, sailing through the Andaman Sea along the coasts of Thailand and Malaysia, and the South China Sea, discovering Vietnam, China, Borneo and the Philippines.