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Top Trip Memories
  • Walking the Great Wall of China at dawn.
  • Gazing in awe at the Taj Mahal in Agra, India.
  • Exploring the ruins of Temple Angkor Wat, the world’s largest religious monument, near Siem Reap, Cambodia.
  • Cruising Vietnam's gorgeous Halong Bay, a UNESCO World Heritage Site with 3,000 islets
  • Marveling at the skilled horsemen at a festival in Mongolia.
  • Visiting the old biblical city of Jerusalem in Israel followed by a side trip to Petra, the 2,000-year-old red-rock city, in nearby Jordan.
  • Viewing the sights of Bangkok, Thailand, from the water on a canal boat.
  • Experiencing two worlds in super-modern and colonial Shanghai, China.
  • Skiing (indoors) in the fantasy-like desert sheikdom of Dubai.
  • Getting some R&R on the lush island of Bali, Indonesia.
  • Hiking the Himalayan foothills and wandering the bazaars of Kathmandu in Nepal.
  • Touring the many Buddhist temples and Shinto shrines in Kyoto, Japan.
  • Taking an exotic Irrawaddy River cruise through newly opened-up Myanmar (Burma).
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Tour Tips
  • Asia is particularly well suited to taking guided tours, especially since travel in China, India and many other countries can be chaotic and confusing for non-natives.
  • Don’t try to tackle too much of Asia in one trip, unless you have unlimited time, resources, and patience.
  • Countries that deserve their own special trips include China, Japan, India, Thailand, Mongolia, Nepal, and Israel – though you could say the same about many others as well.
  • Southeast Asia (Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Indonesia, Malaysia, and Singapore) is a favorite emerging destination, and can be experienced more authentically with the right tour operator who helps you get away from the tourist traps
  • River cruise trips are becoming increasingly popular in east Asia, especially in China (Yangtze), Vietnam and Cambodia (Mekong) and Myanmar (Irrawaddy) and are excellent options for those a bit intimidated about getting too up close with Asia yet still experiencing much of its beauty
  • Some Asian countries may be known trouble spots with active military or political conflict (Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan), but it is possible to arrange tours to some unexpected places, such as Iran, Kurdish Iraq -- even North Korea.
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Asia Travel Reviews & Ratings
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Tour Reviews

You'll have a trip of a lifetime traveling with Myths and Mountains!

Bhutan: Fall Festivals, Families and Nature

5.0 August 2017 Myths and Mountains Recommend: Yes (Our favorite memories are) attending the Nimlong Festival, being present at the temple when the Master returned from 6 years of meditation on the mountain; walking into the temple where we received prayers and blessings to see a tray that had been prepared for each of us with our photos and placed next to the altar; Kinley and Pema (!!), visiting the READ Center and singing Twinkle Twinkle Little Star with a little girl there; seeing READ in action; walking on a trail through the rice fields, seeing the women bent over working; watching monks create the masterpiece mandala and then destroying it; the Thai massage on our last night in Bhutan; the absolute beauty, peace and serenity of the country; sitting quietly and hearing only bird song or the bells of a prayer wheel - too many highlights to list!

(Our favorite hotel was) Nak-Sel Resort and Spa - absolutely beautiful, spacious, lovely setting and spa facilities.

Jen (at Myths) took the time to talk with me about spending a day in Thailand, suggesting tour ideas, highlights (and low lights to avoid), warnings about the heat and crowds, etc. It really helped me focus in on what I wanted and then to enjoy my day there thoroughly. Toni painted a picture of Bhutan and the itinerary there. The information about what to expect, cultural norms, food and lodging, the map of Bhutan, the packing list were all very helpful.

(Our guide) Kinley was wonderful - such a sweetheart and he and Pema are a great act together. They worked very hard to make sure that we were all well cared for, go everywhere we needed to go and on time and with the proper dress and gear. I know there were a few glitches, there always are, and we never knew anything was wrong. We may have missed a thing or two because they were closed or inaccessible. That goes both ways in that we were able to return to one of the temples where the Master returned to great pomp and ceremony because of Kinley's diligence and that had to be covered by letting something else go. Kinley was one of the best guides I've experienced in my travels; he was very caring when I got sick and took great care of everyone. He has a very soft spot in his heart for Toni and Myths and Mountains and that showed in all his actions.

You'll have a trip of a lifetime traveling with Myths and Mountains!
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(Our guide) Kinley was incredible!

Bhutan: Fall Festivals, Families and Nature

5.0 August 2017 Myths and Mountains Recommend: Yes All of the information (from Myths and Mountains) was very helpful from the packing list to the essential country information. Jen was helpful with everything!

(Our favorite memory was) watching the mandala being made, the various rituals (especially the Dued), the visit to Mebar-tso Lake, Nimalung Festival and Taktsang pilgrimage.

(Our guide) Kinley was incredible! He is so knowledgeable about all things Bhutan, so patient, kind, considerate and thoughtful. Plus, he has a great sense of humor. He is an excellent communicator and was always so helpful with everything from start to finish. I cannot say enough about him. He is a true gem!
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Everyone at MM were very helpful and responsive.

Bhutan: Fall Festivals, Families and Nature

5.0 August 2017 Myths and Mountains Recommend: Yes Loved our tour guide and driver in Bhutan, Kin-le and Bema. Great access to cultural experiences, that I felt would be normally difficult to experience. (Favorite hotel was) Druk. Nice hotel with good food. Good location. (Favorite guide was) Kin-le. Very knowledgeable, has great connections to get us access to special activities. Read more

Excellent Trip

Marine Wildlife of the Maldives

5.0 August 2017 Exodus Travels Recommend: Yes The Maldives is known as paradise to some, others probably wouldn't even
consider this part of the world. This trip exceeded my expectations in more
ways than one and if your looking to do something different, then give this a
go.

I have previously done walking/hiking trips or discovery trips and didn't
think a boat trip would be exciting enough. I was wrong. I never considered
the Maldives previously as a must see destination, and had an image in my
head that said "it looks like a boring place to visit with not much to do". I
decided to book this trip due to my "give it a go" attitude, and it has been
one of my favourite trips I have done that I would go back and do it all
again. I would definitely recommend this trip to anyone that likes wildlife,
great food and good company.

The corals and reefs were so vividly clear to see and colourful. The amount
of marine wildlife was staggering.
I had the privilege to snorkel with some of the most beautiful biodiverse
creatures in the world including whale sharks, manta rays and sea turtles
which were each awe inspiring and magical. I also had the pleasure of scuba
diving for the first time in my life which is an experience I will never
forget.


Kamey was a good leader and certainly knew a lot of information about the
areas we visited. He enjoyed having fun with the group and worked well with
the ships crew to ensure all needs were met. Kamey is a confident swimmer,
snorkeler and diver, so you are in safe hands!


The Felicity has a generator that runs throughout the day and night, if you
are a light sleeper or if noise disrupts your sleep then I would advise ear
plugs for this trip.
Plugs in the cabins are English (or at least it was in my cabin).
Snorkel equipment and fins are provided so you don't necessarily need to
purchase your own.
Some of the group were cold at night due to the air conditioning/fan,
therefore it might be worth packing a blanket. Alternatively you can turn the
air con or fan off.
Beach towels and bathroom towels are provided.
Beware of stormy weather - its tropical and it happens!
The sun is very strong in the Maldives, take a t-shirt to swim in. I ended up
wearing more clothes swimming than when I was on the boat!
Take a spare pair of socks - if your fins start to rub your toes (like mine
did) just snorkel with socks on :)
Underwater camera is a must if you wish to take unforgettable shots!
Factor 50 sun cream is recommended but its up to you. I used 30 and crisped
up too much and too easily.
You need to be confident in the water. You are not swimming in a milk pond,
there are currents and you can spend a couple of hours in the water at a
time.
The water is warm day and night, even in rain.
Evenings are warm and pleasant I was unsure if I would need a wrap in case
the temperature dropped. It didn't drop much and was nice after a hot day.


Loved the trip, loved the group, loved the food. Will return in the future.


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Everest High Passes

High Passes to Everest Base Camp

5.0 July 2017 Exodus Travels Recommend: Yes What an amazing trip something I'll never forget.
Reaching the passes and peaks and I loved getting to Everest Base Camp


Our leader was Gele, he's inspiring and knowledgable of the area. We felt
completely safe in his care. His English was excellent and he genuinely cares
about our success. He is a credit to exodus.


Take a steripen to sterilise your water it will save you a lot of money.
Be fit as this trip is not for the faint hearted and to be fit means you will
enjoy the experience all the better.


This trip for me was simply wonderful, Nepal is an amazing country and the
beauty of the Himalayas will stay with me forever. The organisation of the
trek from tea house to tea house was flawless and it meant we never had to
worry about anything.
Loved every minute of it.


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Asia Trips & Tour Advice

By far the world’s largest continent, Asia is as diverse as it is large. China, Siberia, Nepal and Jordan are all parts of Asia, as are Sri Lanka, Iran, Mongolia and Dubai. So a trip to Asia can encompass many regions, cultures, religions – and decisions. Given its size and breadth, taking a guided tour can be an efficient way to experience a taste of Asia. Stride can help sort it all out for you – from Indonesia to India to Israel, Asia is varied, intriguing, and endlessly fascinating.

Asia – whose land mass of more than 17 million square miles is more than four times that of Europe – incorporates so many different nations and cultures that it can be hard to grasp its depth and breadth. Asia is also changing rapidly: industrializing, digitizing, globalizing, and modernizing to sometimes the nth degree while still retaining, in many places, its pastoral and exotic charms. Still, it’s good to go sooner than later to see aspects of the old Asia along with the new.

Do you start with fast-developing China, the world’s most populous nation, where million-plus cities seem to spring up overnight? From world icons like the Great Wall and Beijing’s Forbidden City to ultra-hip Shanghai and teeming Hong Kong (a special administrative region), it tops many travelers’ wish lists. Or do you opt for the temples, pulsating cities and culinary delights of Japan and Korea?

Southeast Asia Calling

Perhaps a Southeast Asia sojourn is at hand. Thailand, Myanmar (Burma), Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore are home to architectural treasures ranging from Bangkok’s Royal Palace to the grand ruins of Cambodia’s Temple Angkor Wat and Indonesia’s ninth-century temple Borobudur. Southeast Asia’s beaches, cuisines and surviving rural cultures and landscapes are all traveler favorites, while river cruising on the Mekong and Irrawaddy are hot tickets.

India, Bhutan, Nepal and Sri Lanka form another fascinating region. While India can be chaotic (a perfect destination for a guided tour), an early-morning boat ride on the Ganges in the Hindu holy city of Varanasi or a visit to Agra’s Taj Mahal are never-to-be-forgotten experiences. Nepal is the ultimate high for Himalayan trekkers, while Bhutan serves up bliss amid the mountain peaks. Sri Lanka is emerging from years of civil strife to display its lush, peaceful side.

The Ancient Silk Route

Much of Russia – from the Ural Mountains to eastern Siberia – lies in Asia, as does Mongolia, land of yurts and horsemen. Central Asia is a vast expanse of “stans”: Uzbekistan’s Samarkand, Bukhara and Tashkent were pillars along the old nomadic Silk Route from China. The ancient Babylonian and Persian empires live on in modern-day Iraq and Iran – an option for adventurous travelers. Parts of the Middle East are also troubled, though the United Arab Emirates – with its star attraction, Dubai -- and some other areas of the exotic Arabian Peninsula still beckon (even Saudi Arabia is starting to open up to non-Islamic tourism).

Israel and Jordan are at peace, offering the opportunity to visit both ancient Jerusalem and nearby Petra, Jordan’s wondrous rock city. Much of Turkey lies in Asia as well – including the unique cave dwellings of Cappadocia and the beaches of the Turkish Riviera.

While a quick overview can barely scratch the surface of Asian travel, Stride can ease the confusion with our easy-to-use comparison tools. After sizing up our plentiful offerings of guided tours, river cruises and active vacation packages, you can then decide which Asian region is the best fit for you. And chances are you’ll want to return again and again to sample more of all the cultural and adventurous discoveries that Asia has in store.

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Countries:     

China, India, Cambodia, Burma, Laos, Japan, Taiwan, Indonesia, South Korea, North Korea, Nepal, Bhutan,  Malaysia, Philippines, Mongolia, Uzbekistan, Krygyzstan, Singapore, Sri Lanka and Georgia

Attractions: 

Great Wall,China; Taj Mahal,India; Angkor Wat, Cambodia; Halong Bay, Vietnam; Mount Everest, Nepal; and  Many More

Top Activities:                     

Culture Sighseeing, Trekking and Volunteering

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